Monday, 12 January 2009

clouds are discarded cleansing pads of a self-conscious adolescent troubled by his plouks

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Gordon Mason
Catapult To Mars

(Plouk is a Scottish word for pimple - PLOUK, n.1, v.1 Also plouck, plook, pluk(e), pleuk, pluik, pluck; ploog (Cai. 1903 E.D.D.), plug; peuk. [pluk] I. n. 1. A pustule, pimple (n. and s.Sc. 1808 Jam., pluke, plouk; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl., pluk; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 259; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc. and in n.Eng. dial. Also fig. Hence plouky, plooky, plucky, adj., covered with pimples, spotty (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein). Gen.Sc.; plookiness, n., a pimply condition (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Combs. pluke-faced, pimply-faced; whisky plouk)

3 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

excellent vivid imagery, and always good to see Scots words!

song of the selkie said...

aye!

jem said...

Unexpected but all the more striking for that. I can see those grubby clouds.